Starting your own business isn’t easy, but here are some things to keep in mind to help you stand a chance.
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Sometimes breaking off from the traditional path and starting your own business can feel very tempting. Especially for young people who are fresh out of college, it’s easy to fantasize about being the boss of your own company and giving your promising idea a chance in the real world.  

But it’s important to keep in mind that 90 percent of startups fail, and it takes more than just a good idea to succeed in today’s economy. Without these three things, your idea is bound to go from a potential powerhouse to a total bust.  

1. Be prepared

Millennials have been starting businesses earlier than their baby boomer counterparts, with millennials starting at an average age of 27, in contrast to boomers at an average age of 35.  While young people have the advantages that come with being young and starting early, it’s still crucial to go into the start-up game with a firm understanding of what you want to achieve, and how you’re going to achieve it.  

Most importantly, your idea has to answer a market need for it to succeed. The reason that companies flourish in our economy is that they give people what they want, and your company has to do the same if you want to stay afloat.  

2. Teamwork is key

When it comes to starting a business, you can’t do it alone. To progress, expand and succeed, you need to build a team that can help you accomplish your goals. Allocating your business’ responsibilities to skilled team members is a core step toward making your business more efficient.

You should choose your team members based on their abilities and their motivation. Their abilities ensure what they can offer you and your company, and their motivation ensures that they will apply their skills with the right mindset. A strong and balanced team will put you one step closer to success.

3. Money matters

Without money in mind, your company is going nowhere. Companies have to have money to start and seek money to stay moving. You won’t be able to build your team or establish your product without it. Running out of funds is a common problem that can destroy companies, so it’s crucial to spend in responsible and thoughtful ways.  

Money is the cornerstone of business, and it comes with a ton of questions and problems that your business will have to be able to answer. Remember, money makes the world go round, and your profits, resources and business model will make or break your business.

Takeaway

Start up success may be unlikely, but young people continue to try their hands at being entrepreneurs. It’s okay to dream big, just as long as you understand what you’re up against.

When it comes to startups, the reality is that a good idea is not enough. Teamwork, preparation, and money are the core ingredients that you would need to achieve your start-up goals. With those concepts in mind, your business will stand a better chance.

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Posted 06.30.2017 - 01:52 pm EDT